June 18-24  2023: Issue 588


Turimetta Moods

by Joe Mills: 1

To escape and sit quietly on the beach - that's my idea of happiness - Emilia Wickstead.

A new regular section is being added to Pittwater Online News, called Turimetta Moods, showcasing a selection of pictures taken by Joe Mills (on a Samsung S20 Mobile Phone), with some commentary.  As Joe does a daily walk each morning along Turimetta Beach around 7a.m., he takes a number of pictures including the sunrise, which is about 7 in the morning at this time of the year.

Almost each Issue features at least one of Joe's shots on the Front Page's base, where the news service, since its outset, has marked the shifts in the seasons of the year to remind and celebrate why we live here - a beautiful natural environment teeming in places with wildlife where you may run outdoors and into those arms of the bush, sea and sky for that uplifting embrace.

This week (ending Friday 16 June 2023) the scenes included:

  • North and south headlands
  • Sunrises
  • Beach walkers and swimmers
  • A film crew at Turimetta Headland - the beach and surrounds are a popular spot for filming/photography and have featured in advertisements, local series and on the cover of more than a few magazines over the years
  • Seagulls chasing trapped fish in tidal pool
  • Narrabeen rockpool reflections and resident octopus

Joe says ''The weather was very calm, with little wind, low tide and small waves. In fact the water along the beach was lapping gently. It should have been named Lake Turimetta.

The popular spot for the local photographers to capture the sunrise was the southern end of the beach amongst the rocks, which also is the overnight shelter for the Turimetta Hermit. He usually lets his feelings be known to anyone crossing his path or his space under the rock overhang.

A big school of small fish was trapped in the tidal pool next door to the rockpool, creating a feeding frenzy by the local seagulls and cormorants. The Cormorants won this contest hands down.''

This regular insight is especially for Readers who ask 'where is Joe?' when one of his photos of the Turimetta to Narrabeen and Warriewood captures does not run in a week. Correspondence from 'Joe's fans' is filled with appreciation from his regular walks through places - especially from those of us who may not be doing handstands and cartwheels anymore as we gambol along the bush and beach tracks.

We hope you enjoy these great photos of a favourite local spot from a favourite local photographer. The colour, textures, patterns of the landscape, the wildlife that lives there and the people who visit throughout each season provides us all with an insight, through Joe, into Turimetta Moods.

Thank you Joe!